Toronto Hit List: Waka Flocka Flame Meet & Greet, Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party, No No Pony, Soupstock & more!

October 18th-21st A Pop-Up Shop by OSC Cross @ The Mascot, 1267 Queen St. W. OSC Cross launches their inaugural collection for the 2012 Fall/Winter season. The brand caters to “discerning urbanites who want to look good when staying warm with a practical, detail oriented winter coat.” All OSC Cross coats are handmade in Toronto, are weatherproof, filled with enough down to get you through a Toronto winter, and come with a lifetime warranty. Launch party runs 8-11 pm on Thursday and features $4 drinks, live music, and jazz/funk/soul/afrobeat vinyl spun by DJ Josh McGuirk of Phantom Signal. Pop-up shop runs 10-7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12-5 pm on Sunday.

October 18th-26th Toronto After Dark Film Festival @ various locations. 9 nights of horror, sci-fi, action, and cult movies!

WEDNESDAY

5 pm Waka Flocka Flame Meet & Greet @ Stüssy Toronto, 1000 Queen St. W. To celebrate the upcoming opening of the brand new Stüssy Toronto location, they’re bringing the one and only Waka Flocka Flame for a special, very rare, meet and greet. Come have a beverage, take a look at their new location, and meet the man himself! Music provided by DJ itsmattlangille.

10 pm Bright Lights, Big City @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come for the music, stay for the music. DJ Wes Allen plays oddities, discoveries, reminders, secrets, lost and found, surprises, and jewels. 197? and earlier.

THURSDAY

10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Andycapp plays four hours of melodically soulful music that provides an intimate, laid-back mood tailor-made for late-night listening and a welcome end to the stresses of the workday.

FRIDAY

8 pm Jamie Oliver @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. Currently touring in support of his new book, “Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain: 130 Of My Favorite British Recipes, From Comfort Food To New Classics”, British chef Oliver will be featured in conversation at Massey Hall, followed by an audience Q&A. $49.50-99.50 tickets available online (each ticket includes a copy of his new book).

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5.

10 pm Laytheseknight @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Famous Players n’ Patrick McGuire play new R&B, classic R&B, chopped and/or screwed R&B, and maybe even lovers rock if they get drunk enough.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A new night with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Hip-hop, soul, funk, and reggae. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Shake A Tail East @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Shake A Tail hits the east end! 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING + free 60’s-style hairdressing available in the front window. $5.

10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. All jams all night!

10 pm Go Bang @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. A mini Bang The Party! party with DJ Andycapp playing some rare but mostly new tunes.

10 pm Guilty Pleasures @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJs Micehal, Elektrotank, and special guest Brandon Degroote spin all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s/now hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, and disco.

10 pm Stain @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. Featuring music by Frakapotamus, Fortuna, and Murr + goth drag performance by Jenna Syde and DJ Die J! Mars of L.A. playing an eclectic mix of retro and future sounds. $5.

10 pm Church / Grilled Cheese @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Blaster plays old school and club classics. Downstairs, DJs Jon Chetty and James Redi play Motown, disco, hip-hop, and reggae while Fundament holds it down front and centre with a mic, a George Foreman grill, a stack of Cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. Yes, FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Toronto’s biggest, baddest, freak nastiest queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam! Featuring special guest DJ Unruly Twin + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #69 @ Revival, 783 College St. Sign up for your favourite tracks and show off your skillz! No bouncing ball and cornball renditions here; just you, the mic, and floor-shaking original instrumentals. Over 600 rap anthems to choose from. Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Mensa & Amy Traphouse @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Mensa, Amy Traphouse, and Arowbe. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Resident DJs Fase and Dougie Boom + guests Party Supplies throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.

SATURDAY

8 pm Author Amor Towles @ Yorkville Branch Library, 22 Yorkville Ave. An intimate evening with Amor Towles, the acclaimed author of “Rules of Civility,” in his first visit to Toronto! The event will feature jazz, cocktails and canapés followed by an intimate conversation with Amor Towles, led by Reyes, host of Global TV’s The Morning Show. “’Rules of Civility’” is a sophisticated and entertaining story set in New York City in 1938, about a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising, irresistible young woman.” Admission is free but tickets are limited; email mkabir@torontopubliclibrary.ca to RSVP.

8 pm Zombie Wrestling @ Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. Zombies, civilians, and Mexican luchadores battle it out in the world’s first-ever Zombie Wrestling match! Featuring fights to the (final) death, an undead band, burlesque and other variety acts, free prizes, and giveaways. $15 tickets available at Puck N’ Wings (362 Bloor St. W.), Silver Snail (329 Yonge St.), Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen St. W.), and online via PayPal.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Boyfriend & Magnum P.I. Play old school hip-hop and everything, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour! Equestrian wear encouraged. $5.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Betula @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs David Patterson, Michael Krochak, and Colin Bergh play house and techno all night.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and guest Miles Cleret share many various and obscure tropical vintage sounds from all over the map, all on vinyl. Dress to move and sweat!

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills plays hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music.

10 pm Sugar Hill / Stay Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Grouch plays 80’s and 90’s rap, R&B, new jack swing, and more. Downstairs, it’s an explosion of old school jams. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm SBTRKT @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by SBTRKT + guests. $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm Trilled @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The Urban Electronic Dance DJs play trap, rap, and bass music. Free before midnight, $5 after.

11 pm Blondes with Members Only DJs @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Locals Members Only DJs warm you up before Brooklyn-based duo Blondes take over the decks. $10.

SUNDAY

11 am Soupstock @ Woodbine Park, Queen St. E. & Kingston Rd. Bring your bowl and spoon, and join the Canadian Chefs’ Congress, David Suzuki Foundation, and thousands of good food lovers as you taste delicious soup creations from 200 of Canada’s top chefs! Soupstock follows last year’s Foodstock event, which drew more than 28,000 people and 100 chefs to a farm adjacent to the Highland Companies’ proposed Mega-Quarry site, 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Until 4 pm. Tickets (3 servings for $10) available online.

1 pm Tranzac Record Fair @ Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. Great records, deals, and pints! Lots of reggae, dancehall, rock, soul, jazz, disco, and weirdo producer business records up for grabs. Until 5:30 pm.

1 pm Community Clothing & Costume Swap @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. Bring clean, gently used clothing (except underwear), scarves, belts, gloves, shoes, bags, handbags, hats, ties, coats, Halloween costumes, and other fashion accessories to swap. You will be given 1 token for each item you bring, for a maximum of 12 pieces and any additional items you want to take home will be $1. All remaining clothing will be donated to charity. Open to men, women, youth, and children. Until 4 pm. $3 per person, with proceeds going towards further community events at Evergreen Brick Works.

6:30 pm What We Talk About: Nemeses @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. WWTA brings together a surprise roster of intriguing minds to lecture on a specific topic + an audience Q&A. $5.

7 pm 1602’s One Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation Party @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. The bar with the changing name celebrates its one year anniversary and wants to show thanks to those who have made it such a success in its first year. Featuring delicious door prizes, a concert pianist that can play both upside and backwards (and takes requests), magic?, dancing.

9 pm Drake Plingo @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Plingo is the mash-up of Bingo and Plinko – two vintage games that have been super-sized with a playful Drake twist. Prizes include retro presents, gift certificates, and some very special Plingo Grand Prizes. $5 for three rounds.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

For event submissions, email caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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